Living in Buffalo and being a craft beer fan is an embarrassment of riches. Each week, seeming each day, I’m blessed with an overabundance of great options each time I open my fridge and reach for a beer. Through the Buffalo Beer League, I am always looking for new ways to promote all of the delicious liquid being created right here in Western New York, so consider this column, The Best Thing I Drank This Week, just another vehicle to help spread the word of great local craft beer.

In this column, each week I will highlight the best beer I had the pleasure of imbibing the previous week, and will ask my BBL cohorts to submit their selections as well. So, not only will you get the best thing I drank this week, you will also be presented with further options and opinions from the rest of the guys as well. That way, if you’re looking for some new stuff to stock your beer fridge with (and you always should be), then you’ll have more than one item to add to your shopping list.

The Best Thing I Drank This Week: Flying Bison Duke’s Select Golden Ale (Cask)

This week marks the first time I have featured a cask ale as my/our favorite beer this week, and this selection comes with just cause. Flying Bison’s Duke’s Select Golden Ale is a worthy brew; super soft and creamy, lightly malty and bready with a subtle hop bitterness on the finish. We have long loved cask beer, and this one was one of the better ones we’ve had recently. And if you don’t know, Flying Bison taps a different cask beer every Friday afternoon at 3p. You should try and make it down to Larkin one of these weeks.

  • Brian – Old First Ward Created Remains
  • Scott – Flying Bison Duke’s Select Golden Ale (Cask)
  • Jesse – Hofbrauhaus Marzen

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Brian Campbell is co-founder and Brand Manager of the Buffalo Beer League, and writes the weekly Buffalo Beer Buzz column. If you have beer news that should be included in the Beer Buzz, Brian can be reached at, on Twitter (@buffbeerleague), Instagram (@buffalobeerleague), and Facebook (@thebuffalobeerleague).